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question about sewing rows together
wondering about the seams at the junctions of multipe blocks
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Date: 12/19/12 3:59 AM

I'm new to quilting and trying to make a 3D pinwheel quilt.

I have assembled some of the pinwheel parts (square+folded triangle, or unit A) and even sew some of the together to form half a pinwheel (unit B in the tutoral). Now the next step would be to two of those together to form one pinwheel block. So I would be sewing two rows of two little blocks together. Now I have not tried it yet, but I can imagine that might be tricky at the junction (or pinwheel center in my case) as I can see that getting really bulky (especially with the added pinwheel triangles). Are there any tips or tricks to make this easier/better?

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Date: 12/19/12 4:28 AM

Oh, my, you are brave. I looked at the quilt and it is really cute, but that is a lot of fabric right in the middle.

For a regular join it is helpful to iron one seam allowance in one direction, and the other in the other direction so that when they come together they sort of nestle. I don't know if that will work in this case.

Just a thought, why not try with some scrap fabric before you make your real pinwheels so that you can get the feel of it? I do this with complicated blocks to see if I like making them, and where the pitfalls are.

And one of these fine quilters will know more than I do, guaranteed.

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Date: 12/19/12 4:54 AM

Thank you for your quick answer.

I think for both pinwheel halfs the seam allowances should be pressed in the other direction (away from the triangles). So that should then help. I should make sure I remember that for when I make the rest of the actual rows.

I also vagely remember reading something about 'skipping the seam allowances' when sewing rows together, but I have no clue where I read it and how (or if) that would work. Maybe someone else here knows more

Trying it out on scrap fabric is a great idea. I don't have many scraps, but I have plenty of fabric for the quilt, so I can just try it out on the most terrible pinwheels and make new ones if I fail the first time.

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Date: 12/19/12 7:00 AM

A few years ago when I first started quilting, I chose a similar pattern. You can do this successfully, even as a beginner, and you will have learned so much. Yes, be sure the seam allowances are pressed in opposite directions, easier said than done. Line up your junctions first when pinning the blocks and don't get panicky if they are off a tinge but be somewhere in the ballpark. If a block is noticably off, take the time to rip it out and resew, it will be worth it. After a few pinwheels you will get good at it. Good luck and post a pic as you progress.

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Date: 12/19/12 3:30 PM

If you cant get them to be as flat as U want -- I hearby give you permission to sew them together and press them at flat as you want with a hot steamy iron.

That will work.

Sometimes we gotta live on the wild side.

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Date: 12/19/12 4:05 PM

Been there done that, and Glad you are giving it a try !!!

I think my 2nd project was a PinWheel FARM! seriously like you, I pick stuff, then get lost in space LMAO

Check this you-tube tutorial out -- FAST and Easy Pinwheels and yes they were :-)



Quick Pinwheels

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Date: 12/19/12 6:48 PM

There is a trick to getting these to lay flat. You open the seams where the excess over laps in the center and then push it flat with a finger tip.

Scroll down the page for photos showing how this is done.


-- Edited on 12/19/12 6:53 PM --

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Date: 12/19/12 10:53 PM

One trick is to sew only up to the center point where the seams meet. Do that on both sides of the seam. Then you can 'spin' the seam allowances to make them flatter.

(Sorry, I'm suddenly having an allergic reaction to something and can't stop sneezing. I'll try to come back later and explain if this isn't making sense...)

Here's one person's take on how to deal with the seams...
3D pinwheels
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Date: 12/20/12 2:48 AM

Spinning the join is the correct way to deal with the bulk. Here's a great samplel of it.
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Date: 12/20/12 2:57 AM

You know the thread we have on things we hate? I hate spinning at the join, I just despise it. There are things I won't make because I would have to do it.

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